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This Thursday, October 30, historian Tom Blanchard will present, "Mining in Idaho: Today and Yesterday." The lecture is the final event of the 15th Annual Fall Lecture Series presented by the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.
By the 1870's, Idaho Territory had seen several major gold rushes yet its growth was not sufficient to justify statehood. This changed by 1880 when discoveries of gold in the Yankee Fork area and lead-silver in the Wood River Valley and the Coeur d'Alene's attracted thousands of miners. The impact of both political and environmental decisions of that early period remain with us today.
Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with an emphasis on U.S. and Western History at San Francisco State University. He has conducted projects and research in Idaho for the past fifteen years at the College of Southern Idaho. In addition, Blanchard served three terms as County Commissioner in Blaine County, adding a contemporary public policy perspective to Historical issues which shade our lives.
This presentation is free and takes place at 7:00 p.m. in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho. The Historical Lecture Series is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, Vic & Shirley Gehring , and White Rock Consulting. For more information call 208-962-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.